to the makers of the bialetti mukka express, i owe you my apologies. i purchased you with a gift card for fun and wasn’t impressed. i then talked smack about you for a couple of years. i adore your other stovetop espresso maker (my heavens, though, are you pricey here in the states), but the mukka was banished to the top of the fridge. a few weeks ago i took pity on the mukka and tried it out. lo and behold it actually worked. there was real creamy frothed milk! amazing. the jury is still out on my opinion of the flavor, but my husband is happy with it. he can be the mukka in the family.